K.L. is a vibrant, modern, tropical city punctuated by both delicate, ancient minarets and some of the world's tallest skyscrapers. Here you'll find glossy malls and luxury hotels on food-stall lined streets, a number of wonderful living markets which morph into trendy nightspots, and also a wealth of religious buildings, for the city's numerous significant religious communities.
The best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur are like the rest of this city's great architecture, a mix of colonial treasures and modern steel and glass.
Kuala Lumpur sprawls outwards from its centre into the suburbs which seem to go on for ages, so it's understandable to assume this is an old capital, but it's not. Just a few generations ago this was a tin mining town founded by Chinese and malay prospectors, and it was only the British who made it the colonial capital in the 18th Century. So even the old temples are actually relatively new.
Kuala Lumpur's speedy growth says a lot about this place and its people, and that's not changed. Even though the famous Petronas Towers are no longer the world's highest buildings, as they were when they opened in 1998, the cityscape is still littered with cranes.
To get in with the locals in K.L. is not hard, this is a living city and if you walk and eat and shop your way around it you'll be doing pretty much what the locals do. Just remember to set our early - Kuala Lumpur is very humid and it's a good idea not to plan anything too strenuous between 11 and 2…
Apart from that you'll be treated to plenty of wondrous architecture, more lush gardens than most visitors are expecting, an incredibly busy and vibrant Chinatown, a number of excellent museums and some SERIOUS opportunities to shop. Kuala Lumpur has 66 shopping malls, and an even larger number of markets. And there are plenty of spas and golf courses too if you need to wind down after all the visual excitements of K.L..
An iconic 1930s colonial mansion with ultra glamourous interiors. Art deco spa, fantastic restaurant in an Orchid Conservatory, enormous pool, and sumptuous chic suites that have all the mod cons. A winning spot for tradition, style, and luxury rolled into one.
Kuala Lumpur (Bukit Bintang)
A really great boutique hotel with excellent prices. Smart and sophisticated rooms, suites and family suites, all with mod cons, some with four poster beds and private balconies overlooking the courtyard. Good Malay restaurant and very family friendly.
A swanky Five Star modern boutique for the luxury traveller. Super contemporary suites have lots of space and enormous bath tubs. Fantastic spa, private chef or butler service, and dazzling views from the roof top Sky bar. Excellent facilities and lots of style.
A stunning mansion with Portugese, Chinese, and Malay heritage. Every inch as authentic as it is boutique. Stunning rooms and suites have four poster beds and beautiful furnishings. Fabulous spa, excellent restaurants, views over the river, and pool. Ultimate city style.
A calming oasis in a bustling capital. Lagoon-style swimming pool and pavilion restaurant serving fusion Malaysian cuisine. Smart luxurious rooms and suites have shiny wooden floors and all the mod cons. Ideal for anyone with an eye for style and a desire for calm.
Luxury on a grand scale in the centre of the city. Contemporary classic interiors throughout opulent rooms and suites. Fantastic facilities; Japanese, Cantonese, or Continental restaurants, extensive spa, business facilities, and excellent views from the poolside. Service second to none.
Luxury on a grand scale in the city's entertainment district. Sumptuous rooms and suites in creams with all the mod cons and private hot tubs. Fantastic Cantonese and Continental restaurants, extensive spa and private butler service. For those who like to be indulged on every level.
A glorious hotel set in Lake Gardens. A traditional white mansion with verandahs, stucco balconies, and a leafy garden. Grand elegant interiors have marble floors, colonnades, and sweeping staircases. Excellent modern Malay cuisine. A sophisticated spot for couples.